Jacobean Coat – Large bloom

Large Bloom
Large Bloom

You can see here that I’ve reversed the colours of felt used for the same flower shape on the sleeve, and added tiny blue stitches as highlights.

Chained blanket stitch, crested chain stitch, fern stitch, and a slightly freeform variant of feather stitch adorn the various petals. The light blue is used to tie down some trellis couching and for three tête-de-boeuf stitches to lighten the bowl of the flower.

The edges of the fawn leaves are simply caught down with an overcast stitch, but the spines are worked in Siennese Stitch, found in one of my multitude of stitch dictionaries. The circle is one of several, edged with up-&-down blanket stitch, and speckled with what Barbara Snook describes as “Knotted Stitch – Danish origin”. At the extreme right there are two small brown leaves, with reverse chain stitch stems and long straight stitches creating veins. The fabric comes from some thick walking socks which felted in the wash!

Blue and Magenta
Blue and Magenta

There were three of these three-petalled flowers (if that’s what they are!) and I worked each in the same way – blanket stitch edges, sword stitch for texture, blue central circle in buttonhole stitch, and teal leaves in fishbone stitch.

As you can see, deciding to keep some elements the same, or similar, has spread beyond the smallest leaves!


  1. Jen Mullen says:

    The coat is making such progress, and I love all of the details!

  2. Lady Fi says:

    I like the texture.

  3. Good progress on your coat.
    This is a sampler of stitches! Everywhere you look there is interest. The Sianese Stitch looks perfect for the leaf.

  4. I so love following you along on this piece! Has your mom seen it? She is one lucky woman!

  5. Sue Jones says:

    Your coat-garden is growing beautifully. I want to see the finished masterpiece being modelled! Incidentally, the three-legged unnamed Danish knot stitch is a detatched Palestrina knot made following the diagram in The Anchor Manual of Needlework (a translation of a big, amazing Italian book, and well worth acquiring if you ever see a copy for sale. Amazing on whitework and needle lace.). My copy is 1970, Batsford, but there were several earlier printings and I know Miss Snook had one.

  6. Lin Tarrant says:

    Lovely to see all those different stitches being used. xx

  7. Carolyn says:

    I admire how you have kept on with this one. It will become an heirloom.

  8. Catherine says:

    This is really progressing well, I love how creative you have been with choosing your colours, stitches and design elements. Your Mum is very lucky, she (and you!) will treasure this piece.

  9. Anita says:

    It’s lovely! love the couched trellis stitch. Is it open chain – the blue one at the top?

  10. Sheryl says:

    this is such a pretty embroidery,. I really like how you have highlighted the work with the lighter blue thread and used lots of interesting stitches.